Rise in Covid cases: Centre suspends biometric attendance for govt employees

According to the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, who tweeted about it, the decision has been taken in the interest of safety and health of the government employees.

The Union government had resumed biometric attendance for employees of all levels, which had been suspended due to the pandemic, from November 8.

As part of its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, which is on the rise again, the Centre on Monday (January 3) suspended biometric attendance marking for all its employees till January 31.

According to the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, who tweeted about it, the decision has been taken in the interest of safety and health of the government employees.

“Keeping in view the rise in #COVID cases in the last few days, the Biometric Attendance  for govt officials and employees is being suspended with immediate effect, till further orders. Under leadership of PM Sh @NarendraModi, this decision has been taken in the interest of safety and health of the govt employees,” he tweeted.

However, all the employees will have to mark their attendance in attendance registers to be maintained manually, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Advertisement

Also read: Omicron tally in India rises to 1,700, active cases at 1.45 lakh

“As a precautionary measure, it has been decided to suspend the marking of biometric attendance in the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in all ministries/departments of the Government of India, including its attached/subordinate offices, with immediate effect till January 31, 2022,” it said.

All the heads of departments shall also continue to ensure that all employees wear masks at all times and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour strictly, the order said. The Union government had resumed biometric attendance for employees of all levels from November 8. The employees were previously exempted from biometric attendance due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

CATCH US ON: